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Case File 1029DMTX

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Michael Wayne Grimes
Missing since January 18, 1999 from Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas
Classification: Endangered Missing


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Circumstances of Disappearance
Michael Grimes, a Nacogdoches man, was last seen alive in 1999 at Ken's Wrecking Yard on U.S. Highway 59 north of Lufkin. Grimes went missing on January 18, 1999 after leaving his mother's house with a man. Grimes' mother contacted local authorities after Grimes didn't return home.
Initially reported as a missing person, Grimes' disappearance later turned into a murder investigation.

Rodney Wayne Cearley, was charged March 15, 2006 with the alleged murder of Michael Grimes. Cearley said he'd been doing rat poison and drinking alcohol to get high with Grimes, at the wrecking yard property, when a fight broke out between the two men. Cearley stabbed Grimes, and later dragged the body into the woods behind the house. Cearley left, returning to load the body in a car, burying Grimes in the woods near the river.
Grimes' body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.
Rodney Cearley was found guilty of murdering Grimes, in December 2007, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Texas Department of Public Safety
512-424-5074

Agency Case Number: M0604003

Source Information:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Lufkin Daily Archives
TDCAA


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